Monthly Archives: April 2015

Episode 112- Compact and bijou, a little pied–à–terre, part 1

I don’t post much about the seaside apartment, as the village house tends to be all-consuming, but to save you wading back through this INTERMINABLE diary of mine, here are a few facts and a few photos.   Our apartment … Continue reading

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belated Thursday Three and a sad goodbye to some textile treasures

It’s  always hard to part with pieces that I have collected over the years , but our French renovation project is all about paring back  and downsizing and living simply and economically with less stuff. That doesn’t mean that I … Continue reading

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Episode 111 Bowled over-Les lavabos part 2

As a COMPLETE contrast to the Chinese basin I posted last, here is my bowl and stand for the en-suite to cave bedroom. My bowl is actually perfectly plain apart from subtle ribbing, whereas the one –left- has a raised … Continue reading

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Episode 111 Bowled over – Les lavabos Part 1

Although we are still a way off, I thought you might like to see some bathroom fittings. I loathe the basin in our shower room and can’t wait to get rid I like these simple French campaign style wash stands … Continue reading

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The Thursday Three- Antique Indian cushion covers

So,  I’m looking for just two more large 25″ x 25″ cushions for the sofas and another smaller one to set off all that off white ground vintage linen with Jacobean embroidery  which is being sewn onto plain cushion covers … Continue reading

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Episode 110- The squirrel made me do it….

I have finally found the critical nearly white and neutrals for ceilings, walls, panelling and  painted furniture at the French village house.It has only taken several years to source this.The kitchen/diner has so many nearly white paint samples, tried and … Continue reading

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Episode 109- Grotty French wallpapers I have had to to strip off…

Careful with that punctuation Eugene..Only five layers in the dining area (formerly bedroom 3!) as only converted from barn about seventy years ago. In order- Rather nice French vintage subtle floral, then Screaming Sixties orange, brown and yellow daisies, dodgy … Continue reading

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